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Hospitalizations in Oklahoma Due to COVID Surged Above 700

OKLAHOMA CITY — The number of hospitalizations in Oklahoma due to the illness caused by the coronavirus has surged above 700 to a new record one-day high.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health on Wednesday reported 738 people hospitalized either confirmed with COVID-19 or under investigation for infection.

Oklahoma National Guard Lt. Col. Matt Stacy, who has coordinated the state’s surge plan, said state officials are working with hospitals to move patients to facilities with more bed capacity.

The health department reported 94,352 coronavirus cases on Wednesday and 1,075 deaths due to COVID-19, up from 93,346 cases and 1,066 deaths reported Tuesday.

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